Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/5/13
Just like he replaced Jake Locker in the third quarter of the win last Sunday over the Jets and just like he will do so Sunday against the visiting Chiefs Ryan Fitzpatrick followed the injured Titans quarterback to the podium. Before limping away without crutches or any assistance though Locker had explained that news of his sprained right hip and knee was about as encouraging as possible. No fractures no dislocation no surgery all add up to missing a month or so as the starter. "It was the best news that I could have gotten" Locker said Wednesday while greeting the media for the first time since the injury. He had guided the Titans to a 3-1 start and was playing the best of his three-year career. Locker was injured Sunday when he was hit by two rushing Jets defenders -- initially by end Muhammad Wilkerson from the front followed by linebacker Quinton Coples from the back -- after throwing an incomplete pass. After being carted from the field and nearly three days of tests showed no structural damage Locker said he didn't feel the hits were intentional although the NFL fined Wilkerson $15000 for his hit. "I didn't feel like that on the field" Locker said. "And after watching it it wasn't anything malicious I didn't feel like. I kind of got bounced into the second guy. So I didn't feel like they were out to get me." Before their bye week the Titans face a three-game gauntlet against visiting Kansas City (4-0) on Sunday followed by a trip to currently unbeaten Seattle on Oct. 13 and host defending NFC champion San Francisco on Oct. 20. After the bye the Titans travel to St. Louis to face former coach Jeff Fisher and that could be the game the Titans are targeting for Locker’s return. "I am going to do everything I can to get out there as quick as possible" said Locker who had completed 69-of-111 passes for 721 with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.0 rating before the injury. He had rushed for 98 yards and a score. "What that timetable is I really don't know" Locker said. "But I am going to do everything in my power to get out there as soon as I can." In the meantime the offensive reins are handed to Fitzpatrick the nine-year veteran and former Bills starter. In 75 career games including starting 53 the past four seasons at Buffalo Fitzpatrick has thrown for 14444 yards with 93 touchdowns and 81 interceptions. "My role is different today than it was last Wednesday" Fitzpatrick said after his first practice with the team as the starter. "The reason being this was Jake's team. This is Jake's offense. There is stuff I try to give him input with but the receivers are going to run routes the way he wants them.
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